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of his of his whole family crushed into the rubble. the camera closed in on him and continued to film. this was a prolonged and disgraceful intrusion on private misery, and whoever sanctioned it should be ashamed of themselves. we don't need to be so close to what's happening on the ground to know how bad it is. so please, please, bbc, can you act with some dignity? notjoin the race as some news companies are trying to be, which is to be as closest to the diggers, as closest to the bodies, as closest to the rubble as possible. but give some space, give some dignity. these individuals, these families are just having enough without our imposition into their lives as well. linda hilson also expressed her concern to us.
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well, let's talk to richard burgess, who's the director of news content for bbc news. richard, can you see why some viewers feel that the coverage has been intrusive? i think some of the coverage has been really difficult to watch. and, you know, of course, it's really important that we respect the dignity and the privacy of those involved. but at the same time, it's really important that our reporters faithfully show what they are witnessing on the ground. and it's worth saying that, you know, people on the ground have been really grateful to our teams for bringing news of this appalling tragedy to to a wider audience. to a wider audience. can we talk about a specific example, which is the father who has just found out
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that his whole family have been killed 7 that moment when people first receive news of death, many viewers felt could be seen as voyeuristic. well, we think really hard about all the sequences we show. and obviously, you know, when you're watching a television package, you don't see the bits that we haven't shown. you don't see the conversations that we have away from the cameras. we don't see when we withdraw at the request of people on the ground. i think that incident really, truly showed the full horror of this crisis. and as i said, you know, that has been an important part of ourjob as reporters on the ground. some viewers concerned about this coverage would say they don't think the bbc would ever film british families caught in a disaster in the uk this way. they've got a point, haven't they? no, i don't think so. i think when we have covered disasters in the uk, we have also adopted the same principles which is showing respect, respecting privacy, but also being faithful to what we're witnessing, showing
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what's actually going on. and it's not ourjob to sanitise the reality of situations that sometimes, frankly, are really terrible. another aspect of this is interviews, very distressing interviews, microphones being thrust into people's faces, asking them how they feel. they may have given consent at the time, but given their trauma, is it really informed consent and should the bbc really be broadcasting that? well, we've got very experienced people on the ground who are used to dealing with these situations and have done many interviews over many years. and they make those types of decisions over whether somebody can give informed consent or not. and as i said, say again, you don't see the instances where we decide not to do things, when we step away. there are many instances like that, we are really, really careful. but at the same time, as i said
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before, you know, those people on the ground have really welcomed our coverage. they want this story told to as broad an audience as possible. what about concerns about potentially affecting rescue efforts? certainly in the days past, i heard an example of a reporter saying, "0h, they want us to be really quiet because they think they can hear someone," but was then continuing to talk. no, we've been that much have been laura becher, who i also heard the following day explaining how, despite her continuing to talk really quietly, she was not interfering with any of the rescue efforts. and, of course, we would, you know, that would be an absolute priority, that we would not want to jeopardise anybody�*s safety or, of course, jeopardise any of the potential rescue efforts. one of the other questions viewers will have after a terrible disaster like this is how long the bbc chooses to stay in the region and stay on this story. i think it's really important that we continue to stay
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on the story. we absolutely are committed to doing that. you know, there is a humanitarian crisis following these earthquakes. we need to continue to tell those stories. to bring that story to as wide a possible audience. they'll obviously be concerned about the welfare ofjournalists, too, seeing some of this traumatic stuff, but then thinking about local people. there was the amazing story on the first day of that taxi driver who helped a reporter film her report. what support are you giving to turkish people who are working with the bbc as well as your own teams? well, we have systems that are designed over many years for how we support our staff and those local staff that work with us. i think that was anna foster, who was one of the firstjournalists to get to the epicentre of the earthquake. and she did that alone with her taxi driver. and i think, you know, as she said, he was part of our team and we treat them absolutely as such. richard burgess, thank you very much. thank you.
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the big political news of the week was the surprise announcement by nicola sturgeon that she would be standing down from her post as first standing down from her post as first minister of scotland for wednesday's news at six. minister of scotland. for wednesday's news at six, the bbc was in edinburgh speaking to the bbc scotland editorjames cook. and james joins me now. a resignation completely out of the blue this. what are we to make of it? and political editor chris mason, a huge politicalfigure, as you say, and political editor chris mason. a huge political figure, as you say, here in scotland, but a big political figure on the uk stage as well. those two were still on duty
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at 10:00, by which time huw edwards was there to present. live in edinburgh, where the first minister, nicola sturgeon, has taken everyone by surprise by announcing her resignation. this gave rise to a familiar complaint to regular newswatch viewers expressed here byjeff hardy. interestingly, we did discuss this back in the past with a bbc manager, who said on newswatch that they would be rethinking some of these kinds of deployments. do let us know what you think. the storm surrounding the bbc chairman richard sharpe, which we discussed on the programme a couple of weeks ago, grew this week after a committee of mps found he had made significant errors ofjudgment in failing to divulge his role in facilitating a loan for borisjohnson while he was applying for the bbcjob. mr sharp insisted he had acted in good faith to ensure that the rules were followed and that he got the job on merit. but some people are concerned about
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the knock—on effect of this row on bbcjournalism. drjeff bartley agreed. finally on tuesday, a number of bbc outlets reported that the soft drink lilt is going to be rebranded next week as fanta pineapple and grapefruit. not for the first time, there were accusations that journalists had fallen for a pr stunt, confusing a marketing ploy with actual news. thank you for all your comments this week.
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if you want to share your opinions about what you see or hear on bbc news, on tv, radio, online and social media, email... do have a look at previous interviews on our website, that's all from us. we'll be back to hear your thoughts about bbc news coverage again next week. goodbye. hello there. storm 0tto dominated our weather during today across the north of the uk, north east england and scotland we saw some very strong and gusty winds. a gust of 83 miles per hour in aberdeenshire. pershore in worcestershire, though, further south saw a top temperature of 17 degrees celsius. a very mild day, certainly temperatures above where we would expect at this time of year. 0n the satellite picture, this curl
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of cloud, that was storm 0tto moving away eastwards. there is another weather system now working its way in, this one less potent, but it will continue to bring some outbreaks of rain, a band of rain pushing southwards and eastwards across england and wales. this area of wet weather in scotland turning to snow over high ground and giving rise to some ice as we head into saturday morning. quite a chilly night across northern scotland, but further south, very mild indeed. double digit temperatures from birmingham to cardiff as to london. into tomorrow, a band of cloud and patchy rain pushing across the south of england, another band of cloud affecting central and southern parts of scotland, parts of northern ireland and the far north of england, bringing some outbreaks of rain. but in between those various rain bands and to the north of scotland, we should see some spells of sunshine. just one or two showers and temperatures seven degrees for aberdeen, but 15 the high in norwich into saturday evening. we will continue to see some splashes of rain for central and southern parts of scotland and into north east england.
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but broadly speaking, saturday night will be quiet with this ridge of high pressure and the high pressure will hold on in the south into sunday, whereas further north, this weather system will work its way in and that will bring cloud and some outbreaks of rain across scotland, some quite heavy rain over high ground in the northwest of scotland. some patchy rain perhaps for northern ireland and the far north of england. further south, though, some spells of sunshine, a breezy day, a windy day up towards the north of scotland, although not as windy as it has been today, and temperatures between ten and 14 degrees. so it is going to be another very mild feeling day and it stays mild as we head into the start of the new week. frontal systems up to the north. so some rain at times in the north of scotland, but to the south of that will be in a wedge of mild air. so temperatures to start the new week widely into double digits. it does look like turning a little more unsettled and perhaps a little chillier later in the week.
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